“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46).

The Creator came into His creation, the world He made. The Creator became flesh and made His dwelling among His creation. Imagine Jesus, who owns the universe, came into the world and had to find a place to be born. Jesus, who is almighty, came into this world and needed to be carried by human hands. Jesus, who has everything under control, came into His world and was often threatened by His creation. This condescension was a big thing. Martin Luther commented, “The mystery of Christ – that he sunk Himself into our flesh – is beyond all human understanding.”

Why would He do such a thing? God desires a relationship with us and this desire is so great, He is willing to do whatever He can to make this possible, even if it means the sacrifice of His Son. We see God’s strong desire to communicate with man. This shows that God wants to reach down to you and me. God might be beyond our reach, but we are not beyond His reach. He lowered Himself so that we can reach Him. Christ’s birth brought the infinite God within reach of finite man.

Why? We see His heart that He longs to communicate His love for us. He wants to save and bless you. We were made to have fellowship with Him. God wants to restore to us the original relationship He had with Adam and Eve when He walked in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day. He wants to share in our lives.

God meets us where we are, at the point of our greatest need. Our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent a Savior. Forgiveness is necessary because sin has a way of destroying us. It interferes with our relationships with others. Sin affects us personally from within. It altars our personalities. It puts fear, worries, anger and bitterness in our minds. Selfishness skews the way normal kindness and love would flow from us to others. But worst of all, sin destroys our relationship with God. It does so by asserting our independence from God. This independence carries a serious consequence: separation from God. Christmas has a special angle because it occurs when the world is at its darkest. The winter solstice occurs a couple days before, which is the longest night of the year, and the shortest day. In Jesus Christ there is no darkness. The light of Christ lights up our minds, enlightening our conscience with insight to see the damage our self-oriented causes. He gives us clarity. Satan blinds the minds of people so they can’t see the foolishness of their sinful lifestyles, or their need for God. We might see the discouraging signs of what evil is doing to extinguish the work of God in the world, but Christ is stoking the flames of faith. He came to this world and conquered evil so it doesn’t have the last word.

Missionaries to New Guinea worked with a tribe of head hunters who placed the skulls of their victims on their pillows. When the missionaries would tell the story of Judas betraying Christ, everyone cheered because their culture was built on treachery. They couldn’t get through to these people. Then one day, they witnessed a solemn ceremony between the two warring tribes. One of the chiefs walked over to the other and gave him a child; it was the chief’s own son. This was the peace child. The chief placed his own son in the hands of a people who hated him so they would have peace as they each raised the other’s own blood. It was the only way to have peace between them. The missionaries saw this as the perfect way to explain what God did for us at Christmas.

God gave us His peace child into a hostile world to end the hostility between us. Hence we have the Christmas phrase, “Peace on earth, good will towards men.”

Romans 8:32 says, “He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us, how will He not also along with Him give us all things!”

Merry Christmas!

Adapted from “You Light Up My Life” by Rev Dr. William A. Lewis.